Literature: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker
"Death lies at the end of every journey. What matters is how we travel the road."Kingmaker, Kingbreaker is a series of adult Fantasy novels by Karen Miller. As of 2011, there are fivenote books in the series proper:
— Dathne, Awakened Mage
- The Innocent Mage (2005): The first book of the duology.
- The Awakened Magenote (2007): Second book in the duology.
- The Prodigal Mage (2009) The third book, taking place after the first duology, part 1 of the "Fisherman's Children" duology.
- The Reluctant Mage (2010) The fourth book, part 2 of "Fisherman's Children"
- A Blight of Mages (2011): A prequel novel.
- Ax-Crazy: Morg, full stop.
- Barrier Maiden: Barl, in a sense, though her death happens during her wall's creation. The WeatherWorkers would be more of a match to this trope, as they support Barl's Wall with the use of their magic.
- Elemental Hair: The Olken have dark hair which kind of fits in with their magic, which is quiet and bound to the natural rhythms of the land.
- Grand Theft Me: Durm and Conroyd, by Morg.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: All Doranen have blonde hair, but Gar fits this trope particularly well. He's kind to everyone, Doranen or Olken, and probably the only Doranen that respects the Olken as equals. He takes his vow to protect his people seriously, even after he is deposed by Conroyd/Morg.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Rafel, Matt and Gar in "The Awakened Mage". Rafel takes Asher's place during the latter's execution. Matt distracts a demon attacking Dathne in the final confrontation with Morg and is torn apart. Gar changes the Unmaking spell so that he will die in Asher's place (since the spell was designed to kill the caster and the target).
- Jerkass: Conroyd Jarralt. Most of his speaking lines involve either disparaging Gar and/or the Olken (for being a cripple and for being unsophisticated peasants, respectively) or accusing the King of being an incompetent. He's arrogant, egotistical and ambitious to a fault.
- Also, Fane. Despite Gar's constant attempts to get along with her, Fane is constantly snide and rude to him. She belittles him as often as possible, rubbing his nose in the fact that he is magickless.
- Jerkass With a Heart of Gold: Darran is initially introduced as a snooty, uptight stickler obssessed with propriety and pomp. He constantly looks down on Asher as a ruffian and a bumpkin. Darran also cares for Gar and the royal family like they were his own family. In fact, he's the only one to stick around to support Gar after Conroyd/Morg reveals to everyone that Gar has lost his magic and Asher was covering up for him by taking over the Weather Working.
- The Magocracy: The Doranen live in this manner in A Blight of Mages, with two separate councils for ranked and unranked mages.
- Mundane Utility: The Doranen use magic for everything: manipulating the weather, instantly drying hair, making light, binding books, teleporting coats from the closet when cold...
- Smug Snake: Willer.
- Terminally Dependent Society: The country of Lur in general in the first two books, as they need WeatherWorkers to keep Barl's wall in check, as well as allow rainfall on crops. This also applies to the Doranen in general, as their magic is used for even the most mundane of tasks, such as using glimfire for lighting.
- The Chosen One: Asher is the prophesied Innocent Mage, destined to save the realm from destruction.
- The Prophecy: Jervale's Prophecy.
- Witch Species:The Doranen and The Olken are an example of this.